Another ANZAC clash looming at Scarborough

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While Australia and New Zealand will be battling for one-day cricket supremacy at the MCG on Sunday, on the other side of the country another ANZAC clash for sporting dominance is looming.

But instead of the luscious green grass of Australian cricket’s premiere venue, this contest will unfold on the scorching hot sand of one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Scarborough.

And while Australians might laughingly dismiss any notion of quality New Zealand beaches, in Mike Watson and Sam O’Dea the Kiwis have produced an outstanding beach volleyball combination.

The pair won the Oceania Championships at Manly Beach in November, followed up with a win on the Australian national tour at Surfers Paradise in January, and now hope to add Scarborough Beach to their list of conquests.

But there’s a strong Western Australian contingent who will have a strong say in the Sunday action.

Australia’s second-ranked combination of Josh Court, from WA, and Victorian Damien Schumann will be the New Zealanders first obstacle.

Court and Schumann lost the Surfers Paradise final to Watson and O’Dea.

They were last week named as one of two Australian teams to contest this year’s World Volleyball Championships in The Netherlands.

In the other men’s semi, top seeds Chris McHugh and Bo Soderberg will take on Western Australian pair, Casey Grice and Cole Durant.

The women’s semi-finals will also take on an International flavor, with the European combination of Michaela Vorlova and Lucia Michalovicova taking on Australian top seeds Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy.

In the other semi, London Olympian Becchara Palmer and World U23 champion, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, will take on two-time Olympian, Tamsin Hinchley, and Manly’s Sarah Battaglene.

WPV International referee course in Poland May 11th to 17th 2015

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World ParaVolley are welcoming individuals to attend in the World ParaVolley International Referee course in Elblag, Poland.

This course will run for 5 days, from the 12th of May til the 16th of May 2015.

Additional information can be found here (the two attached files)

Interested officials should contact their state association with an expression of interest.

Setting up for success

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From the 11th to the 13th of March 2015, Volleyball Australia conducted a workshop focused on pathways and the FTEM (Fundamentals, Talent, Elite, and Mastery) pathway framework. Volleyball Australia took a giant step forward in collective thinking as the States Executive Directors, National High Performance coaches from beach men's, women's and indoor plus management staff came together to further plan the future of Volleyball within Australia.

James Blunt has sold nearly 17 million albums and 20 million singles, and is sure to have the AIS crowd in full voice ahead of the Volleyroos first FIVB World League match on home soil. 

He has released four number one singles, including “You’re Beautiful”, and “Goodbye My Lover”. 

Currently in Australia as part of his Moon Landing 2014 World Tour, James Blunt is expected to perform his single ‘Bonfire Heart’ to the delight of the volleyball fans. 

Fans will get to see James Blunt perform for the cost of a ticket to the volleyball. 

Volleyball Australia President, Craig Carracher, was thrilled James Blunt had agreed to perform and said his appearance underlined the importance and the standing of the weekend. 

“We are delighted and excited he accepted our invitation as we are repositioning the sport of Volleyball as world class entertainment within Australia. There could have not been a better fit.” 

The Volleyroos are back in the World League after a 15-year absence, and will be keen to improve on their double loss on the road to Belgium last weekend. 

Capacity crowds at both Belgian venues helped lift the home side to victory, and Carracher is hopeful Australian crowds will be equally supportive. 

“As we host our first World League game in Australia, it was imperative to make a statement on the significance of this event. James Blunt’s performance is that statement. A performance from his World Tour at the World League.” 

Australia will play Finland on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, at Canberra’s AIS Arena. 

Tickets are available from Ticketek. 
http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=VOLLEYBA14

 

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